Pennsylvania: 5-Minute Deviation Defeated Workers’ Comp Claim | the workcomp writer.

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This case gives you some insight into the way Judges think.
They will allow some latitude for injuries during the course of a short break, but if you stray too far from the job then you will not win your claim.

Iowa: Injuries Sustained in Janitor’s Idiopathic Fall Found Compensable | the workcomp writer.

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Not sure that this accident would be found compensable in Illinois. Certainly would be a close call.

Ohio: Appellate Court Distinguishes Case from Earlier Moorehead Decision: No Loss of Use of Trucker’s Legs Where He May Have Survived Wreck for Brief Period of Time | the workcomp writer.

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Rather morbid. If you are going to die, please linger for a while and then your family may be able to get death benefits and additional payments for other damaged body parts.

New York: Mechanic’s Fatal Heart Attack Sustained on Employer’s Premises, But After Work Shift, Held Not Compensable | the workcomp writer.

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This cases shows that the facts matter. What shows up in the medical records and the work records go along way toward winning or losing the case.

Ohio: Appellate Court Affirms Award for PTSD in Spite of State’s Limiting Definition of “Injury” | the workcomp writer.

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I think you would have the same result in Illinois.


Some Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases take a long time to settle or go to trial.

How do you explain this?

Some people are seriously hurt so it takes a long time to reach maximum medical improvement.

You cannot settle your case or have a final decision on it until you have completed your medical treatment.

Some people can no longer work at their old job or any job.

If the insurance company disputes your ability to return to work, then you will need to undergo vocational training and a job search.

This can take up to a year.

If you cannot agree on a settlement with the workers’ compensation insurance company, then you will need to have a trial.

Doctors’ depositions are usually necessary for trial. It takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months to schedule the depositions.

Once you have a trial it takes 2 to 3 months for the Arbitrator to write the decision.

Either side can appeal the Arbitrator’s decision. It may take up to one year for the appeal to be ruled upon. If there is an appeal to Circuit Court and Appellate Court this may take several more years.

This may explain why Work Comp cases take some time.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

New York: Extraordinary Duties at Grocery Store on Super Bowl Sunday Mean Employee’s Death is Compensable | the workcomp writer.

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Interesting heart attack case.